After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 4

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

Welcome to episode 4 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. This week we will be diving into the After effects Object Model structure learning the order in how we can access After Effects via ExtendScript. I'll also go over some helpful tips on preparing your script writing setup, like setting up shortcut keys for your scripts as well as creating a temp file to do your script developing in. This episode will also start getting you familiar with the “After-Effects-CS6-Scripting-Guide” PDF, a very valuable resource. And finally I will begin accessing After Effects via ExtendScript and show how to retrieve various information from individual project assets, comps, and layers. So let's hop right on in and get started.

If you missed any of the previous episodes in this series, follow the links below.

Episode 1 (Intro)

Episode 2 (Javascript Basics p1)

Episode 3 (Javascript Basics p2)

In this episode:
– After Effects Object Model structure overview
– Script Preparation and development tips
– Single Item Access of various project items, comps and layers


David Torno

David Torno is a Visual Effects professional based in Los Angeles, California. His work over the years has included commercials, feature films, music videos, and multimedia projects. During his free time, David enjoys expanding his knowledge in Visual Effects by learning new softwares and techniques that are being used. Along the way he also contributes to the visual effects community by offering helpful tools, and tutorials that creative professionals around the world can benefit from.

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